Mt. Bailey

July 30-31, 1977

After signing in at the Ranger Station, the party of ten met at 6:00 p.m. Saturday at the Diamond Lake Cafe. After dinner we drove to the trailhead where we set up camp. Evening visits were made to Silent Creek and to an old trash dump. Car buffs tried to guess the vintage of two old car bodies and Donn was intrigued by a very old porcelain-enamel sink that was complete with bullet hole. Then it was star-gazing time as we watched ten satellites, in orbit, including one tumbler.

On Sunday we rolled out at 5:30 a.m. and hit the trail at 6:30. Three hikers made the summit at 10:00 a.m., most of us at 10:30, and the last one at 11:00. (That was me, your determined editor) Just below the summit, near the end of the northeast ridge, we discovered a small snow field, which was providing a small pool of good, cold. water. After an early lunch, and lots of rest, we departed from the 8363-foot summit at noon.

Everyone was back at the cars by 3:00 which left time for a quick swim in Diamond Lake before checking out at the Ranger Station at 4:00 p.m. Good eats at the Diamond Lake Resort Coffee Shop gave us the energy to drive to Eugene by 8:00 p.m.

The eight-mile hot day round trip was endured by Donn Chase, Dot Leland, Glenn Meares, Jim and Ralph Nafziger, Terry Plaisted, Merle Traudt, Henrietta Richmond, Lois Schreiner and leader Wes Prouty.


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